The Liebster Award!

Something wonderful happened last week: this blog was nominated for a Liebster Award by Laura at Caledon Acres! Thank you so much for thinking of this little blog and its stories. It's wonderful to know that they're being enjoyed. I'm very happy to accept it... and to answer all the fun questions that come along with … Continue reading The Liebster Award!

The Boys in the Soccer Field (and what they did there)

We meet them in an empty soccer field: a dusty rectangle between a maize field and a house abandoned in mid-construction. There’s some confusion as we try to figure out a place to sit – the dirt is still somewhat damp from the morning’s drizzle – but then most huddle together on the dirt with … Continue reading The Boys in the Soccer Field (and what they did there)

Learning to edit

There are very few things as painful as having to cut a 6,000-word-long story down to under 3,000 words. Still, sometimes it's necessary. Editing and proofreading things has become almost as prevalent in my life as writing itself - I'm in the process of going through two novels for two different friends of mine (which I'll … Continue reading Learning to edit

All characters should be like Peggy Carter

Okay, so they don't all have to be smart, beautiful, talented and noble-hearted women from the 40s/50s, but Peggy Carter is definitely one of the best-written characters I have ever seen in the action/adventure genre and the traits that make her so wonderful should be studied closely so that, in a world where it's surprisingly … Continue reading All characters should be like Peggy Carter

Things to feel happy about when your plot is too big for your word count

Help! I'm almost at 35,000 words and my characters haven't even begun to unravel the mystery of my novel (and neither have I, for that matter. I still don't know what happens in the last third of the story, and this novel has no title and therefore no excerpt posted on my profile). This came unexpectedly, since … Continue reading Things to feel happy about when your plot is too big for your word count

Six – A Short Story

first They are young, but not that young –and honestly, neither of them think in terms of time: it is a foreign, meaningless concept invented by the weak who must measure the distance between themselves and their deaths– and it is in this world, because it is always in this world; perhaps she does not … Continue reading Six – A Short Story